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Westfield State University

Westfield State University, in southern Massachusetts, was innovative from its start. Nineteenth-century education reformer Horace Mann founded the school as the first co-educational institution for teacher education and made Westfield the first college in America to offer an education without barriers tied to race, gender, or economic status. Today, Westfield provides its roughly 5,000 undergrads with many academic options, including flexible learning schedules, online classes, and professional development programs. The most popular majors include business management, criminal justice, and education. Westfield also offers part-time bachelor programs and a degree-completion program that allows graduates of Massachusetts community colleges to complete their degree online. About one-third of students at Westfield State University, located about 10 miles west of Springfield, commute or live off campus. Basketball fans will enjoy visits to Springfield, the site of the sport's hall of fame; outdoorsy types can seek out the area's plentiful hiking trails. The school is a strong proponent of service learning -- its civic engagement initiative, Westfield Engages, gives students opportunities to improve communities locally, regionally, and internationally. Its reasonable in-state tuition is also a draw -- and if you're over 60 years old, tuition is free.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$25,100
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,000
Average price for low-income students
$12,160
admissions
Acceptance rate
85%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1060/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
5,375
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
69%
% of need met
62%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$3,408
student success
Graduation rate
65%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$22,750
Average salary within 3 years
$46,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
23%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Mar 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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